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What are the treatment options for muscular dystrophy?

Unfortunately, there's no cure for muscular dystrophy. However, there are several treatment options that can help reduce your symptoms. Doctors may prescribe medications that work either to control symptoms like muscle spasms and weakness or to delay the progression of muscle deterioration. Another treatment option may be physical therapy, which helps to keep muscles and joints strong and flexible. Assistive devices like leg braces and walkers may be helpful for keeping your mobility. In some cases, doctors may recommend surgery to correct joint problems or curvature of the spine that may be caused by muscular dystrophy.

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How quickly does muscular dystrophy progress?
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Is muscular dystrophy life-threatening?
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How does muscular dystrophy (MD) affect muscles?
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What is the prognosis of muscular dystrophy (MD)?
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